Positions and Openings


The Penn State Center for Gravitational Wave Physics (CGWP) invites applications for one or more postdoctoral scholar positions in the areas of gravitational wave physics and astrophysics, including LIGO and LISA data analysis, gravitational-wave sources, and related astrophysical topics. The CGWP is among the largest gravitational-wave astrophysics groups in the world, with six faculty members (Michael Eracleous, Sam Finn, Derek Fox, Peter Meszaros, Ben Owen, and Steinn Sigurdsson), three adjunct faculty (Stephon Alexander, Pablo Laguna, and Deirdre Shoemaker), four postdocs, four graduate students, and several undergraduate students. The CGWP is dedicated to interdisciplinary research linking gravitational physics, data analysis, astrophysics, and multi-messenger astronomy in pursuit of the scientific understanding of gravity and the development of gravitational-wave observations as tools of astronomical discovery. The CGWP is part of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, which includes the Center for Fundamental Physics, whose research focuses on mathematical relativity, quantum gravity and string theory; and the Center for Astroparticle Physics, whose research projects include the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Observatory, the Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory, and the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. More information about the IGC can be found at www.gravity.psu.edu
  • A cover letter, including a list of three researchers who have been asked to send letters of recommendation;
  • A CV and list of publications;
  • A statement of research interests;
  • Three letters of recommendation, sent directly to us by the recommenders.

E-mail applications are preferred and should be sent as PDF attachments to CGWP-Applications@gravity.psu.edu . Questions about these positions may be sent to the same e-mail address. Applications may be sent by physical mail to:

Kathy Smith
CGWP Postdoc
The Pennsylvania State University
104 Davey Lab #89
University Park, PA 16802

Applications will be reviewed starting December 15, 2009 and ending with the filling of the position(s). Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

Positions for Graduate Students:

the Center for Gravitational Wave Physics supports a large number of graduate students in Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics doing research in various areas of gravitational wave phenomenology at Penn State. Graduate students should contact one of the Penn State Center Faculty for more details.

Positions for Undergraduate Students:

the Center for Gravitational Wavce Physics has many research opportunitities for undergraduate science students interested in broadening their horizons by participating in cutting-edge research. For more information contact the .